Earlier this spring, major concert halls, arenas, fairgrounds and the like began taking notice of the need for heightened special event security. A recent article from this past April found on Crains.com, discussed the growing need for event security after the tragic attacks at the Boston Marathon. Whether a public or private institution, Crain’s notes that many are now revisiting their budgets in order to fit a larger security budget into their yearly expenses.
New York City’s own Dan Biederman, president of Bryant Park Corp, told Crain’s “We will be conducting various anti terrorist activities,” following events in Boston. While some might feel many venues have cut back on expenses due to lack of participation during our current recession, venue management and ownership in major cities across the country are tooting larger event participant numbers, and are aggressively finding ways to keep the safety and comfort.
For the tri-state area specifically, Crain’s reported many companies looking to spend an upwards of 50,000 dollars this year to increase special event security, let alone day to day monitoring.
From bag-checks to bomb sniffing dogs, uniformed security guards, and undercover security, event planners and venues are hoping to better connect with local law enforcement, and private security companies alike to increase special event security while working within budgets. City officials and private event investors alike have already been expanding on public and private security measures, and have seen success with the combination at this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade this past June. Parade officials and event planners hope to do the same with this fall’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
For those who are struggling to meet event planning budgets alone, many companies are turning to crowdsourced funding in order to raise capital to keep participants safe. Events like the Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village, which normally draw tens of thousands to New York City’s tiny cobblestoned downtown (regardless of weather), is even struggling to meet their security goals this year. Jeanne Fleming known for her years as the leader of the parade, explained how the need to feel secure, and create a secure environment has evolved in the past few years: “It was just starting to get relaxed again,” Crain’s quoted Fleming, “and I’m sure all that will change now.”
As experienced uniformed security guards and event security specialists, the Garrison team has encountered varying levels of security emergencies and works diligently to keep clients, and event attendees safe and comfortable. Our extensive training techniques qualify our team to handle a variety of services from: bag searches, crowd control, and lost and found to VIP escorts, emergency evacuation, and command center operations. For more information on Garrison Protective Services, or special event security expertise contact their office at 1800-844-2225.